Antique Cars and More

Located in Central Illinois. Stop by for a look at the interesting collection of cars, toys, clocks and more!

Antique Trains

Located in Central Illinois. Stop by for a look at the interesting collection of cars, toys, clocks and more!

Where History is Fun for All Ages

Located in Central Illinois. New Exhibit Building open in 2021. Large Campus with Indoor and Outdoor Displays!

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We are open from May through October, Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00pm- 5:00pm

309-243-9020

$10 Adults, $9 Seniors (65+), $4 kids (3 y/o to 8th grade), under 3 no charge

The museum will be closed on Labor Day - Monday, September 5, 2022

The Vonachen Old Place train cars are now open

The restoration of the the former Vonachen’s Old Place dining cars once located in Junction City is now finished. All train cars are now open to visitors.

New Permanent Displays in 2022

Bricks in motion

A giant LEGO® display situated in the upper gallery of the New Exhibit Building

International Harvester farm tractor models 1:16

Located in the new loft area in the Firehouse

John Deere model farm tractors

Located in the new loft area in the Firehouse

New Temporary Displays in 2022

Camp Ellis

May 1- October 31, 2022

Located in the multimedia room of the New Exhibit Building

Camp Ellis, IL situated near Galesburg, was constructed in a few months during WW II as an Army Service Forces Unit Training Center and prisoner-of-war camp. At its peak, it housed 25,000 troops.

Freedom: A history of US

July 1- October 31, 2022

Located in the multimedia room of the New Exhibit Building

This display is part of a collection of travelling exhibitions curated by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and loaned to Wheels O’ Time Museum by the Dunlap Public Library.

The exhibition documents and illustrates critical figures and events while tracing the evolving concept of freedom in the United States from the country’s founding through 1968.

Upcoming events

Check the upcoming events section for additional and more detailed information. Events are updated regularly.

Fall Festival – Sunday Oct 9, 12-4pm

The Fall Festival is the museum’s  most popular day of the season! You’ll love visiting us while the campus is decked out in its best fall and Halloween decor! Enjoy blacksmithing demonstrations, folk music, fire equipment (modern and classic), ambulance tours by AMT, special exhibits and demonstrations, and so much more!
Light lunch and snacks will be available for purchase!
Regular admission rates apply.

Dairy Queen Day – Oct 15, 12pm – 2:30pm

DQ Days are so popular at the museum that once again and for the last time this season, the Dairy Queen van will be stationed on our campus on Saturday, October 15, between noon and 2:30pm.

Come and get a free DQ dilly bar when you present your admission ticket or membership. While supplies last.

It’s a great chance to get a close up look at the DQ ’55 Chevy van, too!

 

 

Blacksmithing demonstrations – Oct 8 and Oct 22, 2022

Our resident blacksmith is at work every second and fourth Saturday of the month in the Farm Building from 12pm to 4pm.

 

Happy Hall O’ Wheels – Saturday, October 29, 2022, 6pm – 8pm

Attend at your own risk as you may never leave (or want to). Come to the museum to celebrate Halloween with us in a safe and fun environment. For children through 8th grade.

Museum Members: $3 per child (ages 2-13) and $2 per accompanying adult.

Non members: $5 per child (ages 2 – 13) and $2 per accompanying adult.

Babies under 2 are free.

Hall O’ Wheels includes a not too spooky scavenger hunt through the museum’s main building, manual activities and lots of treats.

Interested in antique and collector autos, trains, airplanes, tools, toys, clocks, tractors, musical stuff, vintage clothes, fire trucks, bicycles and general family fun?

YOU’VE FOUND THE PLACE!

It’s great fun to see the faces of visitors when our Barbershop Quartet of former presidents (life-size) begin singing or the miniature circus parade starts up, or the orchestrion begins filling the room with old fashioned music.

Children especially like to pull the ropes to make the whistles blow and push the button to watch the Lionel trains chug along.

3D/Virtual Tour of the museum

Feature prepared September 2021